Video + Takeaways – How to Know If It’s Working

Asking if you can have impact using digital advocacy is like asking if you can have impact using the telephone. Digital advocacy is a tool – it’s not a strategy in itself. Liba Beyer We have big dreams and ideas, and we go after them. We want to know that what we’re doing is making …

Revolutionizing Activism: How Do We Know It Works?

Have you heard about the Center for Artistic Activism Secret Sauce? Well, if you’re wondering whether creative activism works, or challenged by what it even means for creative activism to work then you’re in luck – at the next edition of Revolutionizing Activism on May 26th at 12pm EST we’re sharing the secret sauce behind …

Hiring: Creative Activism Communications Intern

* * DEADLINE EXTENDED to Monday, June 6th at 11:59 pm * * We’re hiring! — We’re looking for an intern to help with creative activism research and outreach this summer. The intern will help our teams tell the stories of incredible creative advocacy projects from around the world. They’ll dig in our archives, research …

Video + Takeaways – How to Strengthen the Vision of Your Advocacy

Activism, amongst other things, involves being willing to bring ideas to people on an unsolicited basis when they’re not necessarily asking for it? So, what happens when you bring the future to them? Stuart Candy At the latest edition of Revolutionizing Activism: The Power of Utopia, Stuart Candy (Berggruen Fellow at the University of Southern …

Revolutionizing Activism: The Power of Utopia

To be an effective activist you need to: Get specific! No. Think big! So, which one is it? Well. Both! Activism often benefits from working towards “small” and concrete goals. Especially when seemingly localized campaigns like the call for DC Statehood can have a great impact on the entire country. Yet whether legislative or policy-oriented, …

Video + Takeaways – 3 Tips for Humorous Creative Activism

At the latest edition of Revolutionizing Activism: Using Humor When Things Are Dire, Caty Borum Chattoo (Center for Media and Social Impact/ Yes, And… Laughter Lab) kicked off our discussion by underscoring the significance of humor across cultures and histories. Borum Chatoo notes: we find comedy in the most oppressive conditions over and over again, precisely …

BIG NEWS: ​​Center for Artistic Activism Receives Transformational Funding!

The Center for Artistic Activism is excited to announce that we’ve been awarded a $1.9 million, multi-year grant from philanthropist Andrea Soros Colombel to support our expansive Unstoppable Voters program, bolstering our efforts to make voting accessible, safe, joyful, powerful and irresistible. To date, we’ve helped over 40 organizations and over 300 individuals in the …

Revolutionizing Activism: Using Humor When Things Are Dire

Hi there – had a good laugh today? If you’re reading this just after checking the news, laughing might be hard to imagine. But humor can be critical, especially when times are dire. Here’s a joke from our resident 10 year old, Sam:A guy walks into a bar.There’s a long line for punch.That’s the punch …

Chase the Erase

With the soul of voting in Pennsylvania on the line, Chase the Erase catalyzed the fight for fair districts, creating a raucous, dual-city street theater action across Pennsylvania in October 2021. In Chase the Erase, a Center for Artistic Activism Unstoppable Voters project, colorful characters like “Gerry Mander” and “Phil E. Buster” battled to see …

Video – A big win for voting!

When people start voting young, they’re more likely to stay engaged throughout their lives. So we had a huge voting win last week when the Philadelphia School Board passed a landmark resolution to promote civic engagement to its thousands of students and help them register to vote. The Student Voter Education and Registration Resolution passed …

Video + Takeaways – I Made This For You: Strategic Generosity and Artistic Activism

Last Friday, at Revolutionizing Activism, Ibrahima Niang, the West Africa Advocacy Manager at the Open Society Initiative for West Africa kicked off our discussion with an important question – how can we as advocates use generosity to influence people? If we had any doubts about the power of strategic generosity, our incredible panelists showed us the …

I Made This For You: Strategic Generosity and Artistic Activism

Join us Friday, February 25th at 12 pm EST for “I Made This For You: Strategic Generosity and Artistic Activism“, a conversation about generosity as practice and strategy, and how we can better lean into creative and experimental activist practices that are grounded in a love ethic. An event moderated by Ibou Niang, Head of …

¡Tenemos buenas noticias!

¡Se viene nuestro primer taller en español! Estamos muy emocionadxs en anunciar que el mes que viene estaremos trabajando con Civicus, desarrollando un Taller de Activismo Artístico en español para sus miembros en América Latina. Este será nuestro primer taller en español, una oportunidad para compartir ejemplos sobre activismo artístico en la región, y materiales …

Your Generous Activism Examples

We’re looking to find more examples of activism that use generosity to get things done. Please send us your ideas! For example, maybe you know about an organization that sends gifts to its adversaries, or a campaign that celebrates politicians that are doing the right thing instead of shaming those who are not. We’d love …

Yes, we can still win big on voting

We are so close to enacting vital legislation for protecting the freedom to vote in the U.S. This is a critical point for our nation. Yesterday, the U.S. House passed the Freedom to Vote: John R. Lewis Act *, essential legislation that ensures we can safely and freely cast our ballots, have our voices heard, …

Why activists need art to create social change

A conversation with the Center’s founders, Stephen Duncombe and Steve Lambert, on the importance of fighting within the terrain of popular culture to reach a mass audience. “Although a free companion workbook is available for those looking to sharpen their practical skills, “The Art of Activism” is more than a nuts and bolts “how-to” guide. …

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